Give your old bicycle a new lifeWhen considering where to volunteer, we chose Bicycles for Humanity (B4H) because we were inspired by a wonderful human who sadly died too young.
“Breanna went over to Africa twice as a volunteer in hospitals and orphanages, and she noted that bikes can make a real difference in the lives of people in remote African areas. That is why we decide specifically to lend our support to Bicycles for Humanity.”
– Dean Kennedy
At Kennedys Accountants we believe in giving and the specific charity we choose to support is Bicycles for Humanity. As the Treasurer of Bicycles for Humanity, Dean is an active board member of the small grass roots organisation run here in Melbourne with a presence in Africa.
It’s great to be able to have some input and see great results, as we help thousands of African people as well as those less fortunate in communities. In the image shown above is an example of one of our B4H containers in Africa converted into a business helping to empower the local community and stimulate the local economy.
Dean’s daughter Breanna Kennedy’s life of giving inspired him to look for a charity to become part of. Breanna tragically passed away in a car accident when she was just 21 years old. During her life she did a lot of giving, became a nurse, and at 15 sponsored an African child on her own!
Breanna simply helped a lot of people in both Australia and overseas in a number of different ways. She was all about helping the world and those less fortunate than her.
Just before she passed away Breanna enrolled in a Masters of Public Health to help her help others throughout the world.
Breanna at workBreanna went over to Africa twice as a volunteer in hospitals and orphanages and she commented on how bikes can make a real difference in the lives of people in remote African areas. That is why we decided to specifically lend our support to Bicycles for Humanity.
Who are Bicycles for Humanity?
Bicycles For Humanity Melbourne is a volunteer run, grass roots charity organisation focused on the alleviation of poverty through sustainable transport in the form of a bike.
Every year around 1.5 million bikes are sold across Australia. It is estimated that around half of these will end up unused or abandoned. Bicycles for Humanity put this huge resource to work in some of the poorest countries in the world.
Bicycles for Humanity is a global grass-roots movement founded in Canada, established with the goal of making a life changing difference in developing countries by providing bicycles to improve basic mobility, and hence, provide communities with easier access to education, health care and social services.
The organisation and many of its chapters maintains a strong link to the Bicycle Empowerment Network, Namibia (formally known as Bicycle Empowerment Centre, BEC) where locals are trained in mechanical and business skills, and the container is then converted into an independent workshop or eBox to create ongoing and self-supporting local networks. There are now more than 30 established eBoxes in Namibia alone.
In 2008, B4H Melbourne was founded by Matt McCullough and Andy Gild as the first Australian B4H chapter. The importance of the work of B4H has been acknowledged at governmental levels with Australia’s then Governor General, Quentin Bryce, officially opening a BEC in Namibia in 2009.
2018 sees 10 years since the establishment of B4H Melbourne, with some 20 shipping containers to Nambia, Zambia, Madagascar and Botswana. In addition, we have sent bicycles to locations such as the Northern Territory in Australia and Cambodia, and maintain an association with a range of local communities throughout Melbourne. Indeed, by the end of 2018 we will have sent a total of over 10,000 bicycles to support the many communities and partners where bicycles make an enormous difference to people.
Kennedys Accountants are proud to be part of this global movement and contributing and collaborating with those in the developing world.
Bicycles for Humanity Melbourne is an incorporated association and registered charity with ACNC, registered for fund raising within Victoria. They are completely volunteer run and governed by a leadership committee of seven members that hold monthly meetings.